It began in April 1984 when the Edmonton Journal did "A Day In The Life of a Midwife" including photos.
By now it's pretty academic -- I'm not sure I could conceive if I wanted to, so it's hard to really know what I would feel if .... After my VBAC, I would have considered a home birth if that was necessary to avoid another c-section. I REALLY didn't like the c-section, and the VBAC went fine with minimal intervention. However, it's notable that my contractions went into high gear after I got to the hospital. Many folk think there is a mental component to labor, and I think that part is not entirely under your control. The part of your mind that just feels is pretty hard to convince with logic, and for me , it felt safer to birth right in the hospital. (the place where everyone knows what they're doing and they make things better) Probably people who are intrinsically afraid of hospitals should birth at home if there is no particular need for hospital services.